Port St. Lucie K9 officer retires

Port St. Lucie K9 officer retires (WPEC)

Wednesday marked the last day in service for a Port St. Lucie K9 officer.

“He’s not as young and spry as he once was. He's ready to retire,” Officer Will Harris said.

Oliver has been Harris’ partner since he was just a puppy in 2009. Harris said Oliver was about a year old when he came to Florida from Holland. After being here for two weeks, he started training and then started working on road patrol.

Oliver is a bomb dog, so even though he’s stationed in Port St. Lucie, he’s been called to help in many other situations.

Harris said they’ve worked presidential details and checked areas before major sporting events like at Mets games, the Daytona 500 and the Super Bowl.

He's also worked with handlers from the CIA and ATF in joint operations.

However, Oliver’s main job is a patrol dog.

“He’s got a lot of catches, from murders to armed robbery suspects to regular run of the mill thefts," Harris said. "We've had a lot of deployments and a lot of success so he's going to be hard to replace."

Now, Oliver will spend his retirement with the Harris' family and Harris will get a new partner to work with on the streets.

“It's bittersweet," Harris said. "It's going to be tough to leave him at home, but it's great that I get to continue to work with another dog. I feel comfortable him being at home with the kids and the family."

Harris is going to Miami within the next two weeks to pick his new K9 partner. After he chooses his new partner, he’ll be training with him until May.

That new partner will also live at home with the Harris family.

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